Over 100,000 international students are drawn to Vancouver annually for its vibrant, safe, and warm atmosphere. Consistently rated as one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver possesses striking natural beauty and has long been established as one of the world’s most creative centres for motion picture production.
Know as “Hollywood North” it is the third largest production centre in North America with a long history of feature film, TV series, documentary, animation, and commercial production.
Alongside a thriving domestic industry, the city sees a consistent flow of high budget US productions due to the favourable dollar, generous tax credits, impressive infrastructure, high-level talent and stunning locations. BC enjoys $2 billion in direct spending on Film and TV productions, and 42,000 direct industry jobs.
Other screen-based sectors such as Visual Effects & Animation, Digital Media, and Video Game design are similarly booming in the city and it is home to one of the top video games clusters in the world.
Film students can benefit from a large and friendly film networking community to fuel their passion and will access to a multitude of high-quality Film and TV events, festivals and networking groups (VIFF, DOXA, Film and TV Forum, Vancouver Webfest, DocBC, Vancouver Women and Film and TV to name but a few).
With its outstanding natural beauty, Vancouver also offers many recreational benefits, access to the ocean, mountains, parks and fitness centres, all complemented by a lively arts scene and vibrant nightlife. Everything is easily accessible from downtown.
Based in Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, InFocus Film School is surrounded by creativity and energy. The neighbourhood hosts designers, architects, photographers, a thriving fashion district, boutiques and galleries as well as some of the city’s finest restaurants and coffee shops.
Located next to the newly refurbished and iconic Woodward’s building, the school is convenient for all major transportation systems with three Skytrain stations, major bus routes, the Seabus, and bike lanes all within a few minutes walk. Vancouver is also serviced by a selection of vehicle sharing options including Car2Go, Evo, Modo, and Mobi bike sharing.
All in all, it is a kick-ass place to come and make movies!